Debris from U.S. rocket recovered off coast of southwest England

LONDON Debris from a U.S. rocket, most likely the doomed SpaceX Falcon 9, has been recovered near the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of southwest England, the UK coastguard has said on Friday.It was covered in barnacles and was initially mistaken for a dead whale.Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency said in a statement that a piece of metal alloy was recovered with the help of a local boatman. It measured around 10 meters by 4 meters (13 feet). Martin Leslie, coastal area commander, said: "The markings show an American flag. It looks like it's an American rocket and is similar to the unmanned Space X Falcon 9 which blew up shortly after take-off from Cape Canaveral in June." Photographs showed the debris covered in what Joseph Thomas, the boatman, told the BBC were goose barnacles. "There were lots of gulls on the water and I thought initially it was a dead whale and the birds were feeding off it," he said. (Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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Tiger becomes unlikely pals with the goat that was supposed to be his lunch

A goat and tiger at the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia are foregoing the typical predator-prey relationship in exchange for a more progressive and equal one. Timur the goat was originally intended to be a live meal for Amur the Siberian tiger. However, it seems that upon being released in Amur's enclosure, Timur immediately took charge. See also: Baby giraffe and elephant are best pals despite height difference Timur chased Amur out of his sleeping area and established himself as a dominant force to be reckoned with. Since then, Amur has taken to sleeping on the roof while Timur snoozes in his bed. Timur's brave antics actually earned him his name, which comes from a courageous character in a Russian children's book. "It's a fitting name for such a fearless animal," the park stated. Just goes to show: Sometimes confidence can compensate for sharp claws.

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6 drawings that capture the feeling of Black Friday in New York City

Black Friday is a day of determination and resolve. Shoppers march out into the cold morning to wait in long lines with hundreds of other bargain-hunters. This year I was given an unusual task — to go out and document this event. Not with a camera, but with a sketch pad and pencils, to try to convey the feelings of the day. See also: 50 things to do instead of shop on Black Friday As a Black Friday shopping virgin, the event wasn't what I expected. At the stores I visited in New York City Friday morning, there was no frantic rush, no stampede or shoving. Instead, people seemed calm, quiet and respectful as they went about their business. It was a bit crowded and claustrophobic at times, but many shoppers seemed interested just to stand in and take in the spectacle, as I was. In general, I learned that Black Friday means a lot of standing around and waiting, and not as much pounding on doors and trampling people. I've included some quick sketches I rendered while watching the shoppers do their thing. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Union Square, New York City Best Buy, Union Square, New York CityImage: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable Macy's, Herald Square, New York CityImage: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable Macy's, Herald Square, New York CityImage: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable Union Square, New York CityImage: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable Macy's, Herald Square, New York CityImage: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable

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Drug driving suit mimics taking the wheel stoned

A simulation suit that mimics the effects on wearer's reactions of taking illegal substances has been developed by scientists to show young drivers the dangers of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated by drugs.Scientists from the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany, in conjunction with Ford Motor Company, created the suit to simulate some of the effects of drugs, such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and MDMA (Ecstasy); in particular slower reaction time, distorted vision, hand tremors and poor co-ordination.A kinetic device in the suit's gloves produces a tremor akin to that caused by some illicit drugs. Random flashing lights in the goggles' peripheral area, allied to hallucinogenic-type sounds in the headphones, combine to disorientate drivers. In tests even professional drivers were badly affected, failing to perform simple tasks such as driving in between cones."The suit's made of a number of different elements," Ford vehicle safety manager Paul Fay told Reuters. "So there are pads that go on the elbows and knees, which stiffen the joint and slow down reaction times. In addition to that there are large heavy weights placed on the ankles and wrists. These have a big effect on co-ordination and balance. On one hand there's a device that produces a tremor and affects motor skills, and the key thing is the addition of the goggles which produce tunnel vision, with visual distortions, and random flashing lights, and finally headphones which provide audible disturbances with random noises which are very distracting when you are trying to drive.""We start with very heavy ankle weight, then you've got knee padding, knee restraints, restricting movement," added Ford spokesperson Charlotte Ward. "We've then got two wrist weights, elbow restrictions, the tremor glove, neck brace to again restrict movement, the goggles which distort the vision and with the flashing lights can help create this kind of tunnel vision effects and then we've got the headphones playing this sort of horrible noise." The experience will be incorporated into Ford Driving Skills for Life DSFL), the automakers' young driver program that provides training to people around the world through hands-on and online tuition. Young drivers will be given the opportunity to wear the suit while driving on a closed course. "The suit is designed not to produce the sensation of being on drugs, but to reproduce the side effects which may have a dangerous effect on your driving," said Fay.The suit is a variation on the Drink Driving Suit that the automakers incorporated into their training last year.Fay said the company wants to provide hands-on education to young people about the effects of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, even when they might believe they feel fine. "A lot of the skills that they need for driving - co-ordination, good eyesight, good visual acuity, being able to be free from the distractions of things that are happening on the road to be able to operate and control the vehicle. All of those deteriorate, response times are slower, co-ordination is poorer," he said.A 2013 survey by the US's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that around 18 percent of the country's motor vehicle driver deaths involved non-alcoholic drugs other than alcohol. Their study showed that 22 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs that impair driving. Fay says it is too early to draw major conclusions from the success of the suit in changing young people's perceptions, as the project has only just been launched, but said those who have tried it out for themselves were "all surprised. Obviously it's been launched as part of Driving Skills for Life program, so we haven't a huge amount of experience with it but I think everyone who puts it on says I didn't expect the effects to be so marked and I guess when you take the suit out of context of people actually being high on drugs and saying this is the effects it would have, if they were taking drugs they may not notice that their performance was being affected in this way, so it's a real eye opener for them that this could seriously affect what they're doing and how they're driving." Ford works alongside leading safety organizations in 11 European countries, including France, Germany, Spain, and Russia. In addition to its range of driving suits, Ford has also developed training that highlights the dangers of social media activity at the wheel.

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3D printer for kids looks like a helmet, cheaper than an iPhone

While popular among designers, the commercial 3D printer space has, so far, failed to capture much mainstream attention and instead seems to occupy a distinctly tech and academic niche. But one project hopes to change all that by introducing 3D printing to an entirely new, mostly untapped market for the technology: kids. The Rever 3D printer touts itself as an affordable and easy-to-use 3D printer for children looking to craft their own toys and harness their imaginations. See also: World's first 3D-printed car could cost you $53,000 Aesthetically, the small 3D printer starts in the right place by looking like a space helmet instead of a complicated, high-tech device or an oversimplified toy. But the design, which is fronted by a translucent visor–style cover, has a specific purpose — safety. When the device is printing an object, the see-through door remains closed, preventing a curious child from poking their hand in. And when the printing is finished and the door opens, the 3D printer nozzle is locked away in an area away from the probing fingers of a child. Image: qubeaNevertheless, even with those safety measures in place, putting a working 3D printer in the hands of a child still seems early at this stage of the technology's mainstream adoption. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this particular point. Aside from that, the device, which comes in white, blue, red and yellow, appears to easily print objects like any other 3D printer. In the demonstration video we're shown everything from Lego-style blocks that can be printed and fitted together to make toys, to bracelets and other trinkets. And while the Rever looks like a great idea, we have to take a moment to mention the video. In it, two girls and a boy are shown using the device to create objects. But what stands out is the old school gender-typing of each child. The boy is shown using the device to create objects to become a super hero, and is later shown playing with a 3D-printed plane. The two girls are shown using the device to craft jewelry and high-heeled shoes. Although the commercial appears well-intentioned, it seems odd to pigeonhole young girls with such stereotypes in 2015, especially when it comes to promoting a technology product. Marketing aside, the device appears to be gaining steam on Kickstarter, having already garnered nearly $30,000 of its $120,000 goal with nearly a month left in the campaign. The device, which will sell for $399 at retail, is currently available for as low as $229 and will reach backers next June. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

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